Olmsted Soil and Water Conservation District


Soil and Water Surveying photo 

The Mission of the Olmsted Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is to promote more sustainable resources utilization and protection of natural resources in the County. The Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) assists farmers, communities, watershed planners and landowners in developing and implementing conservation and resource management systems and practices including tree sales. The Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) also serves as a source for conservation and resource information and provides environmental education for county residents.


Given the on-going concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of employees, Olmsted County has closed office buildings to the general public including the Olmsted SWCD offices. The Olmsted SWCD staff are still working and will continue to serve the residents of Olmsted County. Staff can be contacted via phone at (507)328-7070 or by email at swcd@co.olmsted.mn.us. We thank you for your understanding during this challenging time and look forward to working with you again as restrictions lift. Thank you!

The 2021 SWCD Tree Sales Program is now open


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 Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment Logo

The SWCD Board Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month beginning at 8:00 AM.  Meetings are held at 2122 Campus Dr. SE, in Conference Room A.  For more information please visit the SWCD Meeting Page.

Lake Zumbro Joint Powers Board Information

Oronoco Dam Removal and Zumbro River Restoration Project Information

Olmsted County 2018 plat book cover

 The 2018 Plat Books are available for purchase at our Public Works Main Office located at 2122 Campus Drive SE, Suite 200 in Rochester for a fee of $35.00 plus tax.

Tracking and Compliance Buffer Law Initiative with Map

2019 Operational Plan

2019 Olmsted SWCD Outstanding Conservationist

2018 Year in Review

Tree and Shrub Descriptions

MN CREP Program Sign Up

MN Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan

Educational Programs

Olmsted County Soil Health Farm Field Day

Geographic Information Systems

Precipitation Monitoring Program

RIM and WHIP Programs

Root River 1W1P

State Cost Share Program

Wetland Conservation Act


Entrance to Public Works 2122 

Olmsted SWCD is located at:

2122 Campus Drive SE

Suite 200

Rochester, MN 55904

Phone: 507 328-7070